Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Scott Wagner Projected Winner of GOP Nod for PA Governor

Scott Wagner Projected Winner of GOP Nod for PA Governor

Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire Scott Wagner is the victor of the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor became the first holder of the office to lose in a primary election.

With 93 percent of precincts reporting, the York County senator had captured 44 percent of the vote, outpacing two first-time candidates in health care systems consultant Paul Mango and attorney Laura Ellsworth.

Chris Borick, a Muhlenberg College professor, said that the GOP has tended to endorse the eventual victor in gubernatorial primaries. I think what that shows is there's a large number of people who are looking for an alternative.

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"We're super excited. We have great momentum and we think there's going to be a real upset today and we're real excited about it", Ellsworth said.

"I'm hoping to see the tide swing", said Karren Knowlton.

Those ads included commercials raising questions about Wagner's business practices and actions a child support dispute.

But state GOP Chair Val DiGiorgio, who has endorsed Wagner, said they'll need more intense fundraising to win against Wolf. The ad also noted that during the child custody dispute Wagner was found to have under-reported his income. I would suggest I am the only conservative candidate in this race.

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Wagner may be the front-runner in our poll, but he says he's acting like the underdog.

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Wagner won the primary against Mango and Ellsworth handily-thanks in no small part to his ability to pump millions of his own dollars into his campaign.

"Ellsworth is not likely to win", Madonna said.

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Wagner is brash - "I am going to be the next governor, take that to the bank", he said past year - and has a penchant for off-the-cuff speaking that makes him a magnet for controversy. Trump asked Barletta to run for Senate, and the president is expected to visit Pennsylvania to campaign for him.

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